Laundering Your Cotton Fabrics
Once you've woven your cotton fabric, it will need to be finished with a wet-treated finishing.
Once you have either hem-stitched the fabric on the loom or bound or hemmed it with machine stitching, it is now time to put it in the washer and dryer.
This will remove any sizing and/or natural waxes left in the yarns after they have been manufactured.
You can pre-test for any possible color bleeding by first emmersing 1-2 yards of all yarns used in the fabric into a cup or mug of hot soapy water, rinsing with hot water and laying it out on a paper towel. If the water turns a dark color and/or if the paper towel is darkly colored, you will need to wash the fabric in COLD water with about one cup of salt or vinegar in the water.
Never use harsh detergents or Woolite on your cotton fabrics. A mild laundry soap like Ivory or Dawn or any mild laundry detergents will be suitable for washing cottons.
To fully remove residule sizing and wax, your cotton fabric should be washed in hot water, and tumble dryed on warm to soften and fluff-up the fibers. The heat is what shrinks the fabric - and we want it to shrink as much as possible BEFORE we make it into anything, not AFTER.
Cuddle up to cotton, and your problems seem to float away. Cotton is your best fiber friend every season of the year. Use it with pleasure and confidence.
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